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The American Waterways Operators is a national advocacy group for the U.S. tugboat, towboat, and barge industry. Its members operate on U.S. rivers, coasts, Great Lakes, and harbors. The Lake Carriers' Association represents U.S.-flag vessel operators of the Great Lakes. Its members operate vessels, tugboats, and barges that carry more than 100 million tons of cargo in a year. The commodities carried are primarily iron ore, limestone, and coal. The Passenger Vessel Association offers industry information, networking opportunities, and other resources for U.S. passenger vessel operators and owners.

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